This is Alberto Pla y Rubio

By Gwylym Owen

Alberto Pla y Rubio (1867–1937) was a Spanish painter keen in social issues. He was a professor of the Academy of Fine Arts in Valencia, the Academy of Fine Arts in Cadiz and the La Lonja literary in Barcelona.

He was born in Castelló de la Ribera, Valencia. He studied art at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid, where he was a pupil of Alejandro Ferrant y Fischermans, and in the workshop of Ignacio Pinazo Camarlench. He won a first-class medal in the National Exhibition of 1895 in the song of a canvas entitled ¡A la guerra! (“Off to War!”) and won a second-class medal at the Paris Salon of 1899. He died in Barcelona.

Rubio focused on social themes in a viable style. He was strongly influenced by Joaquin Sorolla and impressionist brushwork, especially in the use of buoyant in his oil paintings.

His prize-winning painting, ¡A la guerra!, belongs to the Prado, the national art museum of Spain, and currently hangs in the town hall of Alcalá de Henares.

In 2006, his painting The Orange Harvest sold at Christie’s for US$16,800.

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